Grape varieties and Appellations: Pinot Noir

Posted on: 24-11-2014


The early twenty-first century saw an extraordinary commercial demand for Pinot Noir, especially in the USA, as a direct result of the successful Hollywood film ‘Sideways’ which focuses on the unique qualities of this red grape variety.

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Discover Italy through its agriturismi: Sicilia

Posted on: 13-11-2014

“DISCOVER ITALY THROUGH ITS AGRITURISMI”

Siciliy is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea, and along with surrounding minor islands, it constitutes an autonomous region of Italy.
Sicily has long been noted for its fertile soil, which is a result of volcanic eruption. These ideal soil conditions and pleasant climate create an environment of prosperous local agriculture. The variety of agricultural products produced include wheat, citrus fruits, tomatoes, olives, artichokes, almonds, pistachios and of course, grapes. 

Siciliy is renowned for the many outstanding dessert wines, such as the world-famous Marsala.
The best known local varietal is Nero d'Avola, named for a small town not far from Syracuse, and the best wines made with these grapes come from Noto, a famous old city close to Avola. 

Other important native grapes include Nerello Mascalese, Frappato, Moscato di Pantelleria, Catarrato, Grillo and Malvasia.
Sicily produces exceptional quality wines using non-native varietals as well, such as Syrah, Chardonnay and Merlot.

Sicily's sunny and dry climate, scenery, cuisine, history and architecture attract many tourists from mainland Italy and abroad.
Mount Etna, the beaches, the Aeolian Islands, the archeological sites, the ancient town of Taormina and major cities such as Palermo, Catania, Syracuse and Ragusa draw visitors from all over the world.

Are you planning to go to Sicilia? Here you can find some tips: 

 

 

 

     


WHERE TO STAY
AZ. AGRICOLA MANDRANOVA
(PALMA DI MONTECHIARO)
www.mandranova.it  

WHERE TO STAY
MASSERIA BANNATA
(ENNA)
www.agriturismobannata.it 

WHAT TO EAT
Flan of eggplant and ricotta 

WHAT TO EAT
Sicilia meat rolls with parsley

WHAT TO DRINK
Grillo DOC Sicilia
Masseria del Feudo 
WHAT TO DRINK
Nero d' Avola Il Giglio
Masseria del Feudo 


Rosso di Montepulciano 2013

Posted on: 12-11-2014

Very proud to inform you that Rosso di Montepulciano 2013 from Gracciano della Seta has been selected for the TOP 100 Best Buys Wine Enthusiast with a rating of 90 Points.

Floral and fragrant, this opens with aromas of rose, blue flower, forest floor and woodland berries. The palate offers crushed black cherry, wild raspberry, orange zest and clove alongside firm tannins and bright acidity. It’s savory and tannic; enjoy through 2017.  —

K.O. (11/1/2014) 

 

Cheers!


Zenato: James Suckling accolade

Posted on: 06-11-2014

It's our pleasure to share the latest awards of Zenato with you: 

Congratulations!

 


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